What is the Lexington Area
Metropolitan Planning Organization?
A transportation policy-making body consisting of representatives from local, state and federal governments, transit agencies, transportation providers and other local stakeholders. Federal law requires all urban areas with populations greater than 50,000 to designate an MPO to conduct transportation planning activities. Federal funding for transportation projects and programs are prioritized and channeled through this planning process.
What does the MPO do?
MPOs work to ensure that transportation projects and programs are based on local priorities and mutually agreed upon goals. MPOs use a comprehensive, cooperative, and continuing planning process to accomplish this including:
- Consideration of all possible strategies;
- An evaluation process with diverse viewpoints;
- Participation from relevant transportation-related agencies and organizations;
- Meaningful public involvement;
- Developing long-range and short-range capital and operational plans and strategies for moving people and goods;
- Estimating the impact of improvements to the environment
The MPO is responsible for five major transportation planning programs and plans:
The Metropolitan Transportation Plan outlines regional transportation goals, strategies, projects and programs intended for future transportation funding over the next 20+ years.
The TIP is a list of programs and projects that transportation funds will be allocated to in the near-term (4 years). The TIP is how the 2040 MTP is implemented.
The annual UPWP describes the transportation planning activities and tasks that will be completed for the MPO area during the current fiscal year.
The Participation Plan outlines the MPO’s public engagement process in more detail. It describes how the MPO is committed to disseminating information to the public and to stakeholders and by what means the MPO will involve them in the planning process.
The MPO oversees this formal process to monitor congestion, coordinate congestion relief efforts. The CMP informs the development of the short and long-range transportation plans for the area.
Who is the MPO?
The MPO functions under a committee structure that includes a decision-making Transportation Policy Committee (TPC), several technical committees and technical staff. Professional planners make up the core of the MPO staff. Staff conducts research and analyzes current transportation trends including congestion, air quality, regional travel patterns, population and employment growth, safety issues, and rates of bicycling, walking and transit ridership to help inform decision-makers on transportation matters.
The Lexington Area MPO's Prospectus outlines the organization and structure of the MPO. The MPO Planning Agreement details the responsibilities, cooperation and coordination between the Lexington Area MPO and federal, state and local agencies.